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By Justin Fenton and Justin Fenton,Sun Reporter | July 15, 2008
It's the kind of theft that Cindy McKay knows well. Except this time, investigators say, she is the victim. An employee in the state prison system's finance department is set to go to trial next month in Howard County for allegedly forging the endorsement on a check made out to McKay, a serial swindler who will be sentenced tomorrow after pleading guilty to murder. CherRon Nichole Johnson, 36, was charged last month with cashing a $426 state income tax refund check intended for McKay, a 52-year-old inmate at the Maryland Correctional Institute for Women who has been convicted more than a dozen times for theft and embezzlement and was the focus of a three-part series in The Sun this year.
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By Del Quentin Wilber and Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF | June 12, 1999
Facing a potentially contentious legislative hearing, prison officials announced disciplinary action yesterday against four more corrections officers whose negligence contributed to the recent escape of two inmates from a Jessup prison.The firing of another guard, the demotion of a captain to lieutenant and written reprimands of a major and another corrections officer complete the internal disciplinary review at the Maryland Correctional Institution, officials said.That brought to nine the number of officers disciplined or transferred as a result of the May 18 escape.
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By Ivan Penn and Ivan Penn,Staff Writer | October 15, 1993
Patuxent Institution's director will meet with the citizens advisory board for eight Jessup prisons Thursday to discuss how to inform residents about the release of prison inmates.Joseph Henneberry, Patuxent's top official, said he would be willing to give names of inmates about to be released from his institution to members of the Citizens' Advisory Board for Correctional Institutions, Jessup.Also scheduled to attend the meeting are the warden of Patuxent and the wardens of Jessup's seven other prisons.
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By Bob Allen, For The Baltimore Sun | April 14, 2013
A dozen inmates at the Patuxent Institution in Jessup have been working for months to help bring back the American chestnut tree, and in the process give themselves a bit of a comeback as well. This week inmates and administrators at the prison handed over 603 chestnut seedlings, grown in a greenhouse on the institute grounds, that they have raised from chestnuts to 12-inch sprouts. The seedlings were accepted by representatives from the American Chestnut Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to restoring the tree species.
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By Joe Nawrozki and Michael James and Joe Nawrozki and Michael James,Staff Writers | August 5, 1992
A Patuxent Institution correctional officer accused of fatally shooting his estranged wife Monday while she worked at the Kennedy Krieger Institute was being held today on $1 million bail at the Baltimore City Detention Center.The slaying, witnessed by several of the victim's co-workers, ended a bitter dispute between the prison guard and his wife, both of whom had sought criminal harassment charges against the other, records show.Michael Hudgins, 29, had been arrested twice this year for alleged assaults against his wife.
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By Andrea F. Siegel | andrea.siegel@baltsun.com | December 17, 2009
A Glen Burnie teenager found playing a videogame at home the day after killing his mother and leaving her body in her bedroom pleaded guilty Thursday to first-degree murder. William Joseph Skiratko, 18, stood motionless while relatives watched silently as he admitted to Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge Pamela L. North that he fatally stabbed Elizabeth Anne Skiratko, 45. Conditions of the plea include a recommendation that Skiratko be evaluated for treatment in the youthful offender program of Patuxent Institution.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | November 14, 2010
Joshua Watson would have been 6 years old on Dec. 1 if he'd survived the beatings that began soon after he was born. But he never even made it to his first birthday. He was pronounced dead on New Year's Day 2005, when he was just 1 month old — a homicide by blunt force trauma. His tiny body was covered with 27 separate contusions: skull fractures, welts, cracked ribs and a broken femur. His mother, Tanea Bullock, eventually pleaded guilty to manslaughter and child abuse resulting in death, and she was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
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By Ivan Penn and Ivan Penn,Staff Writer | October 22, 1993
Wardens and other representatives of five of the eight Jessup-area state prisons told a local citizen board last night that they would inform it when convicts -- particularly sex offenders -- are released into the community.But the officials said that they were concerned that announcing the release of every inmate convicted of a serious crime could place residents in a perpetual state of fear. And if the community knows the name of the person freed, that could put the freed convict in danger, they said.
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By Julie Bykowicz and Julie Bykowicz,SUN STAFF | November 29, 2002
Two by two the young men, shackled only by fear, walked the moonlight path from freedom into the walls of Patuxent Institution. They weren't prisoners, but some of these youngsters from Anne Arundel County acknowledged that they could be someday. "I'm just screwing up in school, and I don't really care," said Bryan Imhoff, 14, of Linthicum. "I'm here to try to stop what I'm doing now so I don't end up back in here." As part of a 23-year-old program called Reasoned Straight, Imhoff and 16 other Anne Arundel County boys, mostly in their early teens, got an inside peek one evening last week at a maximum-security prison - and at what can happen if they choose a life of crime.
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September 13, 2000
Effective prisons can make a difference in inmates' lives Gregory Kane recently acknowledged two restorative justice programs at the Patuxent Institution: the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund walk-a-thon and the "Reasoned Straight" program ("Inmates' fund-raiser offers a break from stereotype," Sept. 3). On behalf of the institution, I thank Mr. Kane for calling attention to the inmates' efforts. I would also note that these are not our inmates' only efforts to give back to the community.
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